Using Idioms In The IELTS Speaking Test

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امروز میخوایم با چند تا idiom کاربردی دیگه واسه آیلتس آشنا بشیم که استفاده از اونا و دونستن کاربرد درستشون میتونه توی ذهن اگزمینر تاثیر مثبتی داشته باشه.

One of the things that separate native English speakers from those learning the language is the correct use of idioms.

They can really help boost your score when used properly. However, they can also lower your score if you don’t use them correctly.

Idiom گروهی از کلمات یا عباراتی هست که ممکنه به تنهایی معنی خاصی نداشته باشن اما استفاده اونا در کنار هم معانی خاصی و میسازه.  





For example, ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’ means that it’s raining heavily, but if we look at the words it seems like dogs and cats are falling from the sky.  If someone is ‘High as a kite’, it doesn’t actually mean they are flying, it means that they are on drugs.  

Should I use them in the writing or speaking test? 

اصطلاحات بیشتر اوقات به صورت informal  استفاده می شن و بنابراین نباید در آزمون رایتینگ آیلتس استفاده بشن. 

How can they increase my score?

Lexical Resource

-Uses vocabulary with full flexibility and precision in all topics

-Uses idiomatic language naturally and accurately

-Uses a wide vocabulary resource readily and flexibly to convey precise meaning

-Uses less common and idiomatic vocabulary skilfully ,with occasional  inaccuracies

-Uses paraphrase effectively as required

-Uses vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics

-Uses some less common and idiomaticc vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation,with some inappropriate choices

-Uses paraphrase effectively



 با استفاده ماهرانه از idiom ها، احتمالاً نمره 8 را در این قسمت می گیرین.

بسیاری از داوطلبا فکر می کنن که صرفاً یادگیری بسیاری از اصطلاحات و استفاده از اونا در آزمون به اونا کمک می کنه تا نمره بالایی کسب کنن.

In fact, the opposite is true. Examiners are trained to spot people trying to use idioms that are inappropriate . 

خب حالا وقتشه که با چند تا idiom عالی آشناتون کنیم. سعی کنین این پست و به خاطر بسپرین و ازش تو آزمون آیلتستون استفاده کنین.    






Over the moon– to be extremely pleased or happy.

I was over the moon when I passed my speaking test.


Once in a blue moon– happens very rarely.

A student will get a 9 in the IELTS writing test once in a blue moon. 


A piece of cake– very easy.

Getting a band 6 in the speaking test will be a piece of cake.


A drop in the ocean– a very small part of something much bigger.

Just learning idioms is a drop in the ocean when it comes to preparing for the speaking test.


Actions speak louder than words– it is better to actually do something than just talk about it.

Lots of people have great business ideas but do nothing about them. Actions speak louder than words, just do it.


Back to the drawing board– when you attempted to do something but failed and have to try again.

I got 4.5 in reading! Oh well, back to the drawing board.


Put all your eggs in one basket- put all your money or effort into one thing.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You should apply to lots of different universities.


The in thing– something fashionable.

The new iPhone is really the in thing at the moment.


The real McCoy– genuine or not fake.

I don’t think her new handbag is the real McCoy.


Off the top of my head– saying something without thinking first.

Off the top of my head, I’d say about 2 or 3.


Run of the mill– average, ordinary

Apple phones are very run of the mill these days.


Soulmate– someone you trust very deeply.

My husband is not just my lover, he’s my soul mate.


Down in the dumps– sad.

I was really down in the dumps after my dog died.


Found my feet– to become comfortable doing something.

Moving to a new city was difficult as first, but I soon found my feet.


Set in their ways– not wanting to change.

My parents are quite traditional and set in their ways.


Go the extra mile– do much more than is required.

I decided to go the extra mile and move to England to really perfect my English.


A hot potato– a controversial topic.

Abortion and capital punishment are hot potatoes in my country at the moment.


Miss the boat– miss an opportunity.

I sent my application in late and I think I missed the boat. 


Costs an arm and a leg– really expensive.

Those shoes must have cost an arm and a leg.


Sit on the fence– to be undecided.

I haven’t made my mind up about that issue, I’ll have to sit on the fence.

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